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Kotoko facing Ghana FA ban after violence in shock defeat to Berekum Chelsea

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Giants Asante Kotoko could face the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana FA after their supporters threw projectiles on the field during their shock defeat to Berekum Chelsea, halting the Premier League match for several minutes on Sunday.

Angry supporters of the Porcupine Warriors were furious over decisions of the referee in their match against the visiting which led to some throwing stones and sachet water directed at the match officials.

Some also tried to force a gate to the pitch open before security officials intervened to halt the action which could have spiralled out of control in the match.

Kotoko lost for the first time this season after falling to a surprise 1-0 defeat at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday.

The Porcupine Warriors were hoping to continue their winning run but a seventh-minute strike by Kofi Owusu ensured that Chelsea earned the famous win.

It is the same scoreline that Berekum Chelsea recorded when they visited Kotoko’s arch-rivals Hearts of Oak on matchday one.

The Blues had been written off ahead of the game. Fair enough, due to Kotoko’s explosive start to the season earning two straight wins compared to their’s one win and a draw.

But they had other ideas as they executed their strategy to perfection. Chelsea made the best possible start in the afternoon and found the back of the net in the 7th minute.

Kofi Owusu received a brilliant pass inside the box from Jeorge Ranchi and he beat Felix Annan with a shot into the left bottom corner.

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Jordan Ayew Returns To Training After Covid-19

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Ghanaian international and Crystal Palace striker, Jordan Ayew has bounced back in grand style weeks after testing positive for covid-19.

The Ghana forward tested positive for the novel days after returning to his club (Crystal Palace) following the international break with the Black Stars.

Jordan had been out on quarantine for a few days but after testing negative for the virus, the striker is back in training with his teammates.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson made the announcement at a presser for this weekend’s game and further stated that Jordan is in contention for a place in the starting team for the game against Wolves.

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Bartomeu finally resigns as Barcelona president

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned, with the entire board also stepping down from their posts.

Bartomeu’s decision comes after several months of criticism in the wake of Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League elimination to Bayern Munich, as well as Lionel Messi’s shock request to leave the club shortly after.

Although the club was able to keep hold of Messi, with the longtime Barca star staying to avoid having to take the club to court, Bartomeu’s position has been under scrutiny for months.

The president had been due to officially end his tenure next year, with elections called for March, but the club’s members called for a vote of no confidence in an effort to get Bartomeu out immediately.

A total of 20,687 votes were gathered for the motion against Bartomeu, passing the threshold of 16,250 signatures required for the vote to go ahead.

The Barca board repeatedly tried to postpone the vote but, on Monday, local authorities rejected the club’s push to delay the proceedings.

As a result, the vote was set to go ahead in the coming weeks, but will no longer be necessary as Bartomeu and the board have stepped down.

Bartomeu originally joined Barca during Joan Laporta’s presidency and ascended to that role himself in January 2014.

He replaced Sandro Rosell, becoming the 40th President of Barcelona as he signed on to complete the rest of Rosell’s tenure following his resignation.

During his time in charge, Barca won La Liga four times as well as the 2014-15 Champions League, but his time in charge will largely be defined by the club’s failings in his final seasons.

Having struggled to find value in the transfer market since Neymar’s departure to join Paris Saint-Germain, Barca finished the 2019-20 season trophyless.

Their 8-2 loss to Bayern only furthered unrest, with Messi’s request to leave proving the final straw for the president.

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FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino tests positive for coronavirus

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FIFA president, Gianni Infantino is reported to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The leader of the global football governing body is said to have shown mild symptoms pertaining to the virus.

The 50-year-old soccer governor is currently observing self-isolation and will be in quarantine for at least 10 days, according to a report released by FIFA.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has received confirmation today that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The FIFA President, who has reported mild symptoms, has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for 10 days.

“All people who came into contact with the FIFA President during the last few days have been informed accordingly and they are being requested to take the necessary steps.

“FIFA sincerely wishes President Infantino a speedy recovery.”

 

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